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What's Going to Happen in the Indianapolis Backfield? - Footballguys

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on the Indianapolis running back situation

Indianapolis has one of many backfields where the roles are not clearly defined. Since running back is one of the most important positions in fantasy football, it's wise to get as clear a picture as possible on every backfield.

When Frank Gore left, the road seemed clear for Marlon Mack to have a big role in Indianapolis. Then, the Colts grabbed Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in the draft. Hines, in particular, has garnered a good amount of nice press during offseason workouts. Will the rookies be more than complementary pieces to Mack? Does Robert Turbin get anything significant when he returns from suspension?

Daniel Simpkins: Like the Eagles, this is a situation I’m largely avoiding for fantasy. I believe all these backs will get carries in a game, making picking which one to start on which week a frustrating task. Unlike the Eagles, I am still not trusting this offensive line completely. I am glad they have added Quinton Nelson to protect the interior and open up lanes, but there is more work to be done. Of the backs available, Nyheim Hines is the most interesting for PPR purposes, and the drumbeat has been steadily positive about his abilities. However, with his ADP steadily rising, I forecast that he’ll be overvalued by the time most folks are drafting.

Jeff Tefertiller: I do not have confidence in Mack coming off an injury. In addition, I take the Colts adding two backs in the draft as confirmation of this line of thought. Both rookies are cheap in redraft so no worries with either. Whichever running back pass protects best will play most One thing Frank Gore did exceptionally well.

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